Dr. Steve Gillis
Dr. Steve GillisDirector

Journey to Becoming a Chiropractor

I was an avid track and field athlete in secondary school.  After multiple failed attempts with other therapists to help me return to competing, my coach finally said, “Have you seen a chiropractor yet?” and I hadn’t up to that point.

I was amazed that I limped into the chiropractor’s office, then walked out and was able to compete two weeks later. At that point, I knew chiropractic was something I should look into as an occupation.

Following that experience, I started shadowing chiropractors and physiotherapists. I knew I wanted to be in health care because sports, health and wellness have always been such an important part of my life. But when I started shadowing chiropractors, I saw they were passionate about helping people. Their knowledge of the human body was incredible to me. The rest, as they say, is history.

Region of Practice and Clinical Work

I practise at a multidisciplinary clinic in Brampton, Ontario. The clinic is home to a number of chiropractors, registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionist, acupuncturists.

Credentials and Designations

  • Thompson Technique certified in 2012
  • Registered Trigenist Practitioner 2001
  • Doctor of Chiropractic from CMCC in 1999
  • Active Release Technique® certified since 1997
  • Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster in 1994

My Motto or Mantra

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” And I love what I do. So really, when people say to me, “What time do you work until tonight,” I’m not working.

Leadership Engagement

Initiatives, Community and Volunteer Work

I was a member of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) for six years.

I’ve served as the team chiropractor for several sports teams throughout my career. I was the team chiropractor for the Vaughan Kings and the Mississauga Ice Dogs AAA Hockey Clubs, and a soccer club that was in the Ontario Soccer League. I was also a medical tent chiropractor at a number of high-level triathlon events and the team chiropractor for the McMaster University’s Swim team.

I’ve been a guest lecturer at community centres, recreation centres and local businesses in and around the Brampton community. For example, I spearheaded an initiative with the Peel Firefighters Association, where I was brought in to give injury prevention workshops for new recruits.